"Documentary of the Year, 2007" — The Irish Times #13: Time Out London's 50 Greatest Music Films Ever
#4: Uncut Magazine's Top 20 Music Films of 2007
In an extraordinary career that spans over 40 years, American-born Scott Walker has been both the most famous pop singer in the UK and one of it's most enigmatic and reclusive artists. Emerging from a decade-long silence, the mysterious former teen idol has, at age 63, just released the most audacious and shocking album of his career; "The Drift." This film celebrates the artistic journey (and the amazing voice) of one of the most uncompromising and respected figures in music today and presents a rare look inside the most bizarre recoding session ever captured on film. SW30 is a visually & structurally inventive film that subverts the typical rock-doc narrative to deliver not just the journey of a songwriter but a meditation on the creative process itself.
"One of the most inspiring documentaries I've seen in a while. Fascinating" — Sight & Sound
"A great enigma of modern music sheds a few layers of opacity in Stephen Kijak's revealing documentary... Obsessive fans — some of whom have stuck with their hero since the 1960s — will be in clover, while non-initiates will be fascinated by a man for whom the term 'maverick' could well have been invented... Kijak's thorough approach strikes gold" — Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
"A definitive portrait of rock's most fascinating and elusive outsider" —Time Out London
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Executive Producer: David Bowie
Produced by Mia Bays and Elizabeth Rose
Featuring: David Bowie, Sting, Radiohead, Brian Eno, Alison Goldfrapp, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Johnny Marr, Marc Almond, Gavin Friday, Richard Hawley, Dot Allison, Hector Zazou and others...
Berlin International Film Festival/Panorama, London Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca, HotDocs, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documedntary Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, AFI Silverdocs, Seattle International Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vienalle, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, NatFilm Festivalen Denmark, New Zealand International Film Festivals, Tucson Film & Music Festival, In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Barcelona, Gijon International Film Festival, Oslo International Film Festival, Ambulante Mexico, Biografilm Festival Bologna, IndieLisboa, Provincetown International Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival Finland, Atlantic Film Festival Halifax, Love & Anarchy Film Festival Helsinki, International Film Festival of Bratislava, Tallinnin Black Nights Film Festival, Istanbul Independent Film Festival, NEMO: les rendez-vous multimedia Paris.